In our second installment for the Holiday Sleep Tips series, we’re focusing more on the things you tend to do over the holidays. Check out below:
1. Cool it with the alcohol
Alcohol is a normal part of many gatherings in our country. And during the holidays, inuman sessions tend to be lengthy – starting as early as after lunch up until the morning. With no work and school schedules to think about and the amount of catching up on you need (especially with friends and relatives who have not seen each other in a while), it’s very likely for people to consume liters upon liters of alcohol during this season.
While it’s perfectly okay to have a drink during the festivities of it all, consuming loads of alcohol can actually hamper your sleep. While it can get you drowsy and feel sleepy, alcohol reduces REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. This means you’re not getting restorative slumber, leaving you feeling groggy and drowsy in the morning.
2. Don’t over do snacking
When you have to be up later than your normal bed time, it’s just normal to have a snack or two to help you stay awake. However, having a good go at the sugary and starchy snacks can be a bad idea if you want to have a good night’s sleep later on. Sugar and carbs can keep you awake longer than necessary, so you might not be able to doze off by the time you climb into bed.
3. Keep exercising
With the busy Decembers we all tend to have, it gets harder to squeeze in a trip to the gym. This doesn’t mean that you should stop exercising, though, especially if it has been a regular part of your daily routine. However, skipping your workout over the holidays can easily mean sleep issues as routine exercise are deemed as the best promoters of quality sleep. Aside from this, by sticking to your regular workout routine, you can stress less about all the weight you’ll gain from all the holiday eating you’ve been doing.
The key to getting a good night’s sleep is moderation during the holiday season. So make sure you keep these tips in mind when trying to get some shuteye during these busy days.